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Hulkenberg: Fifth possible without power issue

From ESPN - July 16, 2017

Nico Hulkenberg has revealed a power deployment issue in the closing stages of the British Grand Prix cost him the opportunity of challenging for fifth place.

Starting from Renault's best grid position since returning to Formula One as a full works team, Hulkenberg turned in an impressive drive to seal the French manufacturer's joint-best result of the season in sixth. The German lost out on fifth in the final few laps to the recovering Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo, but reckons he could have held onto the position had he not encountered deployment-related problems.

"I lost some engine power or deployment right in the last couple of laps when Daniel was closing in and attacking me," Hulkenberg explained. "I lost power and straight line speed, so that was a bit unfortunate. Perhaps otherwise I could have held onto fifth place. It is what it is and we should be happy with what we have done."

Renault was boosted by the introduction of a floor upgrade at Silverstone, which Hulkenberg believes was key to the team's "well deserved" result.

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